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2011 Ford Mondeo – Click above for high-res image gallery

When a car comes with a 48-page press release, well, you know its maker has some special things in mind for it. The 2011 Ford Mondeo, in five-door and wagon styles, is just such a car, with The Blue Oval calling it "the most stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo ever." Visually, the car's main lines haven't changed, but the details have been made sharper: a sleeker front bumper with new LEDs and more aggressive lip, the twin character lines down the side, the chrome trim all around the windows and the new chiseling in the rear valance.

Inside is the familiar story of upgraded materials wrapped around new techno bits. Ambient LED illumination falls from overhead, where also resides a new woven headliner. Driver aids include Lane Departure Warning system, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert, Smart Regenerative Charging and Active Grille Shutter, which opens and closes the grille aperture automatically to promote either cooling or increased aerodynamic efficiency.

Under the hood are new engines, including the Mondeo's first crack at Ford's 237-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost. That will be an option alongside the current, 203-hp version. There's also a reworked 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel putting out 197 hp, the most powerful such engine yet.

It goes on sale as soon as next month at the same starting price as the current Mondeo, £17,295 ($26,842 U.S.), although the Titanium trim gets bumped up £200 to £19,945 ($30,958 U.S.). Follow the jump for an abridged version of the presser, and take your time perusing our huge gallery of high-res photos below.

[Source: Ford]

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  • New-look Mondeo completes comprehensive update of Ford's flagship large car family
  • Smarter inside and out, with emphasis on new technology and enhanced quality
  • Most advanced Mondeo with new technologies including Lane Departure Warning system, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert, Active Grille Shutter and Smart Regenerative Charging
  • New Mondeo introduces two new high-efficiency powertrains: a new 240PS version of the Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and new 200PS 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel

"The new Mondeo completes the very comprehensive update of our European family of flagship large cars which we started earlier this year when we launched the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models. New designs, powertrains and technologies deliver greater driving pleasure and lower CO2 emissions, as well as a more premium feel and even more comfort and safety."
- Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 25 August 2010 – Ford of Europe is launching the most stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo model ever. With a fresh, restyled exterior, an enhanced interior, plus new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains and a host of new driver comfort and convenience features and safety technologies, the new Mondeo completes the rejuvenation of Ford's large car range, and takes its position as the flagship model in the company's European portfolio.

Following significant updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year, the new Mondeo on sale in September/October is the latest Ford car to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design.

New Mondeo will see the first application of a higher performance 240PS derivative of the efficient new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, joining the existing 203PS version of this engine, introduced in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier in 2010.

The latest Mondeo also introduces a comprehensively revised version of the 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200PS, making it the most powerful Ford Duratorq diesel engine so far.

Mondeo design
The new Mondeo is set to build on the model's established reputation as a stylish, versatile and great-to-drive vehicle, and for offering high levels of driving enjoyment and comfort to its occupants.

Central to this is the application of a fresh look for both body styles available in the UK – five door and wagon – to distinguish the new model. Ford's design team set out to emphasise further the kinetic design signatures in each body style while incorporating new technologies such as LED lighting.

Bolder graphics and proportions at the front end, including larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, plus a revised bonnet profile and integral new LED day running lights further emphasise the Mondeo's premium appeal and sporty stance.

New Mondeo's sleek lines are emphasised in the side profile by a new, full chrome window surround for the higher series models, while larger, re-designed, LED tail lamps give additional kinetic movement to the rear.

Sophisticated interior
The interior of the new Mondeo has also been comprehensively reworked to give it a higher level of quality and sophistication through meticulous attention to detail, and by employing new, higher quality trim materials.

The re-designed centre console flows more elegantly, while the door panels feature a new 'toproll' and flush, integrated, door release mechanisms. Further enhancements include a new central overhead console featuring LED ambient lighting, and a woven headliner.

The use of new high quality interior trim materials in new Mondeo boost the overall feeling of craftsmanship and are complemented by high-class inlay foils and new 'jewel' detailing on switches and vents in satin chrome. New interior colour schemes also offer two new lighter interior executions for a rich, premium, appeal.

New powertrains
The new Mondeo offers a wide range of Ford's latest high-efficiency powertrain technologies, delivering a key combination of fuel efficiency and low emissions, yet still maintaining Ford's renowned driving enjoyment.

New Mondeo is the first Ford of Europe model to feature a more powerful 240PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost power unit. This joins the existing 203PS engine already available in Mondeo and the new S-MAX and Galaxy.

Lightweight all-aluminum construction is the key to the new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, which features latest-generation high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing. It has an advanced combustion system which contributes significantly to achieving new levels of performance and fuel efficiency for petrol engines in this power range.

Average CO2 emissions of just 179 g/km are achieved for the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, regardless of the power rating or body style. Ford EcoBoost technology offers fuel consumption and emission reductions of up to 20 per cent compared with conventional petrol engines of a similar performance.

New Mondeo also introduces a significantly re-engineered version of the 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which now boasts a 12 per cent peak power increase to 200PS, making it the most powerful Ford Duratorq diesel to date.

This new powerhouse is joined by the significantly improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel introduced to the Mondeo range earlier this year, and available with 115, 140 or 163PS power ratings, all three of which deliver average CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km with a six-speed manual transmission and regardless of body style. Existing 1.6- and 2.0-litre Ford Duratec petrol engines have also been retained, offering 120 and 145PS outputs.

New 1.6-litre engines from the Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel engine families will be available in the future to extend the wide powertrain choice even further.

New Ford ECOnetic Technologies are also available on new Mondeo to help ensure efficient and economical motoring. Innovations include Smart Regenerative Charging, the Ford Eco Mode driver information system and, for the first time in a Ford model, an Active Grille Shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment, reducing aerodynamic drag and benefitting engine heating characteristics to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance, particularly in cold climates.

Powertrain advances seen in the new Mondeo also extend to the transmission, with the latest Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system fitted as standard equipment with Ford EcoBoost petrol engines and available as an option with 140PS and 163PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.

New technologies for enhanced safety and comfort
Mondeo's wide range of the latest driver assistance technologies includes Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam – all utilising a new high sensitivity camera unit located at the top of the windscreen in front of the rear view mirror.

Also extending to Mondeo are many features already introduced on the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models, including Ford's Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera. LED lighting technology is used for the daytime running lights and rear tail and brake lamps as well as inside the car.

UK prices will be carried over from the existing Mondeo pricelist starting at £17,295. The high-level Titanium series will increase by £200 to £19,945 to reflect new features.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know most of you will hate me for this but I will say while the Mondeo is a good looking car, it's a tad more generic in person.

      There have been a few running around the Metro Detroit area for a while now and I do see a couple on weekly basis. Everything up until the rear end looks good...then it just gets odd.

      Otherwise I hope Ford sticks with the plan on combing the Fusion and Mondeo. It should work well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want the wagon NOW. What a great looking car, and I bet it drives great as well. Ford, do it NOW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The LED strip fad needs to die.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You have no idea. LEDs will become overtime standard for daytime running lights, citing : To increase road safety, the European Commission has decided to introduce dedicated Daytime Running Light (DRL) on all new types of motor vehicles from the year 2011 onwards. From an environmental point of view, dedicated daytime running light is an effective solution to improve visibility and conspicuity of vehicles. As the technology is especially designed to be used during daytime it is much more effective and efficient than existing lighting devices. The energy consumption is approximately only 25 - 30 % of the energy consumption of the normal driving light. When using LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology for dedicated DRL, the energy consumption is reduced to only 10%.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant as tacky strip decoration on otherwise decent looking cars, not as actual and useful night illumination.

        Every manufacturer is jumping on the LED bandwagon (and it makes their cars look awful) just as they are the front fender vent bandwagon.

        The Mondeo looked much better without them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hm. Yeah. Yeahhh, I guess it is sort of reminiscent of Christmas lights across a roof gutter. It's really a dress-up detail that brings some kind of flare to a vehicle ... some versions are better than others.

        I think it's best used when the LEDs are placed behind a frosted lens to disperse the light, giving the illusion of a solid light shape ... instead of small flares or "pixels" with the diode completely exposed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The gratuitous fender ornamentation (chrome side grille thingie) fad needs to die first! LEDs are here to stay for a while, as they make great automotive lamps (long life, low energy use and flexible design opportunities). They just need to stop being used the same way on so many cars...

        Remember when rectangular headlamps were new and everyone went to them (even in the sealed-beam days before flush-mounted composite headlamps)? Then round lights came back (with a vengeance...thanks, Altezza...or Bentley?) and now they're the cliché again. Every trend has its day. It will be nice when LEDs are finally used in a more subtle way rather than being sparkly illuminated eyeliner. At least DRLs look better with LEDs than the browned-out high beams a lot of mfrs use.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not only is that not going to happen, but you're going to see more... a lot more of them, especially as they become cheaper to produce.

        LED's use a lot less power,generate almost no heat, have a much, much longer life and are easy to design into the vehicle. Look at the cars that are beginning to offer full blown LED headlamps - Audi A8, Lexus LS, Jaguar XJ and I believe MB, Porsche and BMW will offer them as an option this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, that's a really damn good looking car. It's a shame we can't have it here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please, Ford don't offer americanized Mondeo - you guys did it once with Contour/Mistique and it was disaster... I don't know way but in Europe Ford cars are with the reputation of German engineered people movers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks kinda like a Fiesta XXL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a bad thing really. I mean, an Audi A4 resembles a A6 and A8 as well or a BMW 3 series resembles a 5 and 7. It's called design cohesiveness. It provides brand identity.
        Besides the Fiesta, upcoming Focus and Mondeo are all very easy on the eyes IMHO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The question is . . . . Which one will get here by the time I'm ready to get a new car? The Buick Regal wagon or the Mondeo/Fusion wagon? Or will I end up with the Outback wagon?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see pictures of the saloon, 5 door and estate here... Not just the 5 door and estate.

      When you sit in a Mondeo you can tell the quality is much higher than what you get in a Fusion (and the popular 5 door hatch is better looking and more practical), but most cars that are designed for Europe are that way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a shame 5-door c-segment cars are not more popular here in the states. I loved the Mazda 6 5-door even the Malibu MAXX wasn't bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car is THAT good, why not stretch it a few inches and sell it in USA as a Fusion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I, along with most, have said bring it for years. But when Ford refreshed the Fusion with the sharper headlamps, I think I like the skin on the Fusion better. the Mondeo looks great from the front side view but head on, the Fusion is the looker, and honestly what is someone going to see in the rear view mirror. From the sides and rear, I'd say equal.

        Interior wise, Mondeo definititely.

        It will be interesting to see what happens in the next gen when they are on they are on the same platform, if the two fuse to one vehicle, or the euro version becomes a Lincoln.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Mondeo is slated for a major overhaul late next year and rumor was it would be sold in the US as a replacement to the Lincoln MKZ, instead of the being a rebadged Fusion.

        OK, now for my rant....CAN THE FOLKS AT AUTOBLOG STOP CONVERTING PRICES IN BRITISH POUNDS TO US DOLLARS!!! For the umpteenth time, it DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! Besides, it doesn't matter since the car isn't even sold here and can't be imported either. Just give us the pound price please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        imho the fusion actually looks good. this is kinda generic looking :/
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin

        Not save but loose money. EU and US clients have different priorities, Fusion is too low quality for European customers, Mondeo is too expensive to sell in US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mondeo is already a fat car for EU standards, altough it officially is in class with likes like Passat, Laguna, etc... for size is closer to the A6/E-Class/5Series... so it might already can accomodate your fat asses LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nagmashot, you meant it depends of the body type (liftback/5d, sedan/4d, wagon/estate/tournier). Here the length varies a bit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you know that the Ford Mondeo is already larger than the Fusion

        Ford Fusion 190.6"
        Ford Mondeo 191-195" depending on trimm and option level

        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree with you guys. I think the Mondeo is the better looking car. The grill and headlights on the Fusion just don't look right to me. The 1st-gen looked better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Mondeo is already larger than the Fusion. If they stretch it (which has been rumored) it would be as a replacement for the Taurus. As is, the Mondeo is reportedly noticably more spacious than the Fusion. Anyway, put me down for a vote for the Fusion over the Mondeo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The mondeo looks boring and vanilla now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is no need to stretch Mondeo a few inches. Do any of you even know its length? It's a plenty big car for any market. Also, how can anyone say that facelifted Fusion is now better looking than Mondeo? That awful grill is still just too much. That said, pre-facelift Fusion is a complete disaster.

        Moreover, there has been a convergence of tastes amongst European, Russian and North American buyers. Smaller cars have been getting more popular here, whilst ROW seems to want bigger cars. There is no better time for US & Canada to dump its moronic protection set of regulations (costing $2 million per car) and adopt standards used elsewhere.

        As for brand perception. Any buyer who wishes to purchase a vehicle from a value brand ought to buy a GM product. Ford smartly is no longer playing that stupid game. The right way of doing is offering world-class cars in all the segments starting from $14k and up. Leave the value brand (i.e. subprime lending) to bottom feeders such as GM.

        More than ever Americans are demanding better quality interiors, and that means plastics must be on par with ROW. Of course it's a bit tricky because cost of federalizing a car for US market is, as previously mentioned, stupidly high. This is where pressure on politicians must come into effect.

        Anyone who thinks that the tastes between American and European customers are significantly better is living in 1980s marketing religion. I know suspension argument will come from someone so I'll kill it right now - get the suspension settings right on mediocre UK roads and that vehicle will work anywhere in the world, even in most parts of Russia.

        Another point why our regulations must be converged with ROW is it'll be cheaper for domestic manufacturers to sell cars elsewhere in world. If GM wishes for Cadillac to be a worldwide brand then of course it'd benefit from same set of rules. If Ford wishes to do the same for Lincoln, same principle applies.

        But stretching Mondeo? Guys, I mean even China bound vehicles are not so completely ruined like the US market cars. No more regionalism...EVER!

      • 4 Years Ago
      "The Mondeo is slated for a major overhaul late next year and rumor was it would be sold in the US as a replacement to the Lincoln MKZ, instead of the being a rebadged Fusion. "

      no, the successor to the current Fusion/MKZ and Mondeo will be the same car. It's being globally developed for all markets, just like the 2012 Focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car deserves a chance in the U.S. It's the only Ford I would evenly remotely consider buying because my tastes lean toward small to mid-sized German sedans and coupes. With 220-250HP and AWD, this would be a fighter in that space. The only problem for some people is the Ford badge -- Ford doesn't have a brand name that allows them to compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

      I was in the U.K. a few years back and, right when we were about to pickup our Opel Vectra Estate rental car at Heathrow, a car carrier pulled up with a bunch of Ford Mondeo diesels, all with sports packages and manual transmissions. I asked the rental agent how long I would have to wait to switch to the Ford, but alas, they needed a day or so to prep them. Bummer...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have always loved the Mondeo and wish it would come to the states.
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